A Deafening Silence: Hidden Violence Against Women and by Patrizia Romito PDF

By Patrizia Romito

ISBN-10: 1847422888

ISBN-13: 9781847422880

ISBN-10: 1861349629

ISBN-13: 9781861349620

This publication is born of a contradiction: at the one hand, there was a real develop within the expertise of male violence and activities to oppose it. at the different, male violence opposed to girls persists. So too does its denial, and the counter-attack opposed to those that search to reveal it. Patrizia Romito's outstanding ebook analyses male violence opposed to ladies and youngsters, and the mechanisms society develops to push it out of sight. It describes the hyperlinks among discrimination, violence opposed to girls and violence opposed to youngsters, and uncovers the concepts and strategies used to hide it, together with denial, legitimization, euphemisation, blaming the sufferer and compartmentalisation.Written in a transparent and direct kind, the writer bargains either a synthesis of contemporary foreign info and a theoretical research of the mechanisms of concealment. it really is a necessary software for an individual - expert, researcher or activist - desirous to comprehend male violence opposed to girls and kids and to oppose it.

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4 Women are human beings According to a traditional proverb from Milan,‘I donn hin minga gent’, meaning women are not human beings. In this context, the feminist assertion by Robin Morgan (1992, p 271), ‘Women are human beings, after all’, acquires revolutionary significance. Another of the ideas guiding this book is that women are human beings. Even though their condition in the patriarchy has a specific aspect, which does not rule out other specific aspects being recognised (belonging to a ‘racialised’ minority or being poor in a class-conscious, racist and post-colonialist society represents a condition other than 36 The theoretical context being ‘white’ and well-to-do, for example), women are part of the human race and share experiences and reactions with other historically subordinate or oppressed groups of human beings.

Even faced with an objective reality, subject to ideological and material constraints, they always have a margin of freedom in the view of the world they adopt, their interpretations and actions. As Stevi Jackson (2001, p 288) writes: We can see ourselves as located within social structures (of gender, class and race), but nonetheless possessing agency, interpreting events, applying meaning to them. In my investigation into the social mechanisms for hiding male violence both the role of social structures (laws, scientific theories, media system and so on) and behaviour and individual cognitive strategies will be analysed.

Another example concerns the phenomenon of denial and trivialisation: there are historians who deny the existence of extermination camps and gas chambers and there are professionals who, as we will see, deny the extent of violence against women and children and its consequences. Still, a crucial difference lies in the fact that whereas pro-Nazi denial and anti-Semitism have been opposed and punished by society in their turn (in many European countries, denying the Holocaust is against the law, for example), no punishment by society exists for those who trivialise male violence against women and children (French, 1992).

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